Breakout Session | Stage 2
Host: The Spotlight Initiative and The Social Good Club
In recent years, social media has played an important role in bringing awareness and driving public action and engagement towards social change, from #MeToo to #BlackLivesMatter. The coronavirus pandemic and its related lockdowns have contributed to a significant increase in social media consumption as people look for entertainment and to maintain social connections.
According to the United Nations, gender-based violence is also increasing exponentially due to the pandemic. Many women are being forced to ‘lockdown’ at home with their abusers at the same time that services to support survivors are being disrupted or made inaccessible.
Are these trends related? Is social media part of the problem or the solution when it comes to violence against women and girls?
The session will delve into these questions by bringing together influencers, content creators, and technology platforms to discuss the challenges and opportunities for social media to contribute to shifting a culture that permits and enables violence against women and girls around the world.
Creativity & Culture, Gender, Health, People, Technology
| Host: Spotlight Initiative and The Social Good Club |, AMANDA DU-PONT, AMBER WHITTINGTON, Cecilia Suárez (UN Global Advocate for Spotlight Initiative), Karuna Nain (Facebook), Louis Cole, Patricia Georgiou (Google Jigsaw), Siya Kolisi (UN Global Advocate for Spotlight Initiative)